The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $75 million in grants to help public and assisted housing residents connect with local services to obtain education and training to find jobs.
According to HUD, the funding allows grantees across the U.S., the District of Columbia, Guam, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to retain or hire 1,500 service coordinators to work directly with HUD-assisted families to connect them to the supportive services that meet their individual needs to become gainfully employed. The funding announced today includes $15 million through the Public Housing-Family Self-Sufficiency Program and $60 million through the Housing Choice Voucher- Family Self-Sufficiency Program.
‘This funding ultimately links individuals to childcare, computer access, job training and other basic skills individuals need to compete for jobs that pay a living wage,’ says HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. ‘To continue to grow America's economy, we must see to it that every American has the skills and resources they need to become gainfully employed.’